Family-Friendly Hotel and Restaurant Steps from Kansas City Stadiums
When the Kansas City Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium was built in 1972, football legend George Halas hailed it as “the most revolutionary and futuristic sports complex” in the world. In an era of run-of-the-mill, multipurpose stadiums, Arrowhead stood out for its modernistic design and sheer enormity (it's still one of the NFL's biggest stadiums in terms of seating capacity). A year after Arrowhead opened, Kauffman Stadium—home of the Kansas City Royals—was built adjacent to Arrowhead to create the Truman Sports Complex, the first and only venue to feature side-by-side professional football and baseball fields.
Clarion Hotel Sports Complex is located just across the street from the stadiums—close enough to put guests smack dab in the middle of game-day excitement. The hotel is also just minutes from several other KC attractions, including the Kansas City Zoo and Worlds of Fun Theme Park.
After a day spent enjoying these sights, take a refreshing dip in the hotel's heated indoor pool or lounge in the sauna before retiring to your room for the night. Here you'll find satellite TV and complimentary wireless Internet access. Some rooms have private balconies that look toward the stadiums so you can yell out to dispute referees’ calls.
For breakfast, head to the hotel's restaurant, Paddy O’Quigley’s, for a selection of belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, and other morning bites. The eatery is also open for dinner and has a bar where you can sip a pre-, post-, or midgame brew amid college-football pennants and other sports memorabilia.
Kansas City, Missouri: Barbecue, Jazz, and Nightlife
In Kansas City, the ratio of fountains to barbecue joints is roughly 2:1—that’s more than 200 public fountains and more than 100 restaurants serving the city’s signature slow-smoked meat. Though Kansas City is known for its aquatic architecture and barbecue, it has also evolved into one of the nation’s artistic hubs. Here you’ll find a world-class art museum, a legendary history of jazz and blues, and a brand-new performing-arts center for opera, theater, and music. Add a die-hard sports community and a downtown Forbes named one of America’s best, and the at-times overlooked Kansas City has all the makings of a memorable getaway: Midwestern charm, culture, and an endless supply of sauce-slathered ribs.
Though the storied jazz scene continues to thrive in numerous clubs around 18th and Vine, it’s the burgeoning Power & Light District that draws a fashionable late-night crowd. This nine-block neighborhood in the middle of downtown is home to more than 50 shops, restaurants, and bars. While the weather is still warm, head to the open-air rooftop lounges at Elements and The Jones for a drink under the moonlight.
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